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today. after years of denials, lance armstrong has finally admitted to doping. now the attention turns to questions about why he chose to do it and the huge consequences he and others could face. nbc's anne thompson has been covering the lance armstrong saga for years. she's here with us in the studio tonight. anne, good evening. >> good evening, brian. you know, the decision to talk actually split the tight circle of advisers around lance armstrong, but those close to the former cyclist say over and over that this was armstrong's decision alone and not part of some big public relations plan. over the christmas holiday, they say, armstrong decided it was finally time to come clean. once a hero, lance armstrong is now by his own admission a liar. the cancer survivor built his mythic image on seven consecutive victories in the tour de france and vehement denials that his success was helped by performance-enhancing drugs. >> have you ever, ever, in the history of this race, used performance-enhancing drugs? >> absolutely not. never. not once. >> how many times do i have to say it? >> we h
. our report tonight from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: in rapid-fire succession, lance armstrong admitted to oprah winfrey the devastating truth. >> yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> reporter: he showed little remorse during the 90-minute interview on own, even add he admitted lying again and again. >> i view this situation as one big lie. that i repeated a lot of times. >> reporter: armstrong owned up to his cheating, but dodged questions about who helped, and what the u.s. anti-doping agency called the most sophisticated doping program sports has ever seen. >> it did not even feel wrong? >> no. scary. >> reporter: the answers did not impress these ride-to-recovery cyclists. >> apologies once you get caught don't mean a lot. >> reporter: wounded veterans who love the sport. >> i think he's given a black eye but black eyes go away. >> reporter: jonathan vaughters rode with armstrong. on his first tour win. he say
in the making. did you watch lance armstrong interview? >> i have to say i did. and even though we all expected, we all thought we knew what we were going to hear, when you heard those blunt answers to direct questions, it was still somewhat startling. >> a lot of people had been waiting to hear what armstrong would say, the disgraced cyclist using everything from human growth hormone to testosterone. maybe not the answer some people wanted to hear. >> for years, cyclist tyler hamilton, that man right there, accused armstrong of doping and he faced armstrong's fury as a result. we'll find out what he thinks after watching the interview. >>> later in the show, the question everyone is asking, can the livestrong charity go on? we'll ask the ceo. >>> have you noticed you didn't make quite as much as you did before the new year came? of course, you are not alone. what is behind this sudden cut in pay and give you ideas of what you could do to offset that loss. >>> the story we hope will bring a smile to your face. what folks in one city are doing to boost the spirits of random strangers. >> great s
you. as always. >>> the associated press is quoting a source reporting tonight that lance armstrong has confessed to oprah winfrey in a three-hour interview taped today that he used performance-enhancing drugs. earlier today before the interview, he sat down with the people who work at the charity he founded, livestrong, to apologize to them. our report on all of it tonight from nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: today, after months of silence about whether he would address widespread speculation that he used performance-enhancing drugs, lance armstrong issued an apology to the cancer foundation he founded for what livestrong said was the stress they have endured because of him. the mea culpa happened before armstrong sat down with oprah winfrey for an interview set to air thursday, in which he is expected to offer an admission of some measure. >> he was a transcendent sports figure, bigger than the sport and it was because of the livestrong band, because of the bracelets and people overcoming cancer. and frankly, people at livestrong have been pressuring him for a while now. to minimize
morning, welcome to today on a saturday morning. >> many people watching lance armstrong, on thursday when he sat down with oprah winfrey, they thought he didn't seem all that remorseful. he teared up when talking about his kids. >> do tears make the difference of how people will perceive this in the end? >> today, a cycling insider talked about his future. >>> we're also going to update you on that ost damage situation in algeria where hostages were taken. >>> then we'll look at the church of scientology and some of the roles it plays in hollywood. we'll ask the author of a new book that explores the relationship of sine technology and celebrities. >>> it's been a month now since we noticed the twinkies disappearing, but now there is a new treat that is stepping up. we want to begin with lance armstrong about years of doping and lying. last night he apologized to his kids and his fans. >> what do you say to those millions of people who belied. >> i say i understand your anger. your sense of betrayal. you supported me forever, through all of this, and you believed, and i lied to you. and i
taibbi, nbc news, los angeles. >>> there is also more tonight on another storied athlete, lance armstrong, who called his use of performance-enhancing drugs one big lie. armstrong became emotional last night in the second part of his interview with oprah winfrey, but as nbc's anne thompson reports, it's also about what armstrong didn't say. >> reporter: control marked lance armstrong's career, punishing the competition in the tour de france, blatantly lying about his extensive use of performance-enhancing drugs. that control teetered in the second part of his exclusive interview with oprah winfrey, as the father of five described telling his children the truth. >> and i said, i want you to know that it's true. >> reporter: a confession motivated by his 13-year-old soon luke, defending him online. >> i told luke, i said -- i said, don't defend me anymore. >> reporter: in the hour-long show on own, armstrong said he raced clean when he returned to the tour in 2009 and 2010, something he says his ex-wife kristen made him promise to do. >> and i never would have betrayed that with her. >> rep
confessional interview with oprah, set to air tonight, the international olympic committee has asked lance armstrong to send back the bronze medal he won at the 2000 olympic games in sydney. he was stripped of his seven tour de france championships last year by the u.s. anti-doping agency. the head of the anti doping body said today armstrong should have already returned the olympic medal without having to be asked. >>> it's been nearly six months now since a gunman opened fire in the packed movie theater in aurora, colorado, killing 12 people, wounding 58 hours. tonight the theater is reopening for the first time. private ceremony for victims and first responders. it's not without controversy. it's being boycotted by some of the victims' families who say it's insensitive to reopen the theater at all. >>> and following the aurora massacre and the mass shooting in newtown, connecticut, the president is now trying to build public support for his sweeping plan to curb gun violence. and he will need it. our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, has our brand new p
lance armstrong's confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs. coming up, what the world anti-doping agency says it will demand before it even considers letting armstrong return to competitive sports. a lot of people say that was the motivation for his confession. >>> we're going to talk a little about a fun fact during this severe flu season. did you know the virus can last about eight hours on a surface. this morning we'll tell you what you should avoid touching and we'll conduct a little experiment here in studio 1a to see how many people touch the doorknob coming in our studio in a single morning. >>> and ryan seacrest is here, and he better watch his personal items because he's going to help us out on a segment about the best pick pockets in the world. >> have you ever been pick pocketed? >> no. >> it's awful. >> dylan, good morning to you. >> good morning to you. yes, this is a big storm in that it extends from northern new england all the way down into the gulf of mexico and in areas like worcester, we are seeing the snow continuing to fall where he duwith reduced visib
mitchell, thank you. >>> roundup of what has you talking online. lance armstrong, the disgraced cycling legend promises to speak candidly today during an interview with oprah winfrey. armstrong has been stripped of his record seven tour de france titles because of doping allegations, many expecting him to make at least a partial confession today. that interview airs thursday. >>> wilde tweeted thanks for all the sweet congratulatory love. >>> meanwhile, calling off their engagement, quote, i love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever. >>> and this dancing toddler has gone viral after stealing the show from his dad, singer coffey anderson was doing a show in texas when 17-month-old ethan decided to show off. ♪ >> go, baby! go, baby! ♪ >> bounce with it. ethan comes by his skills naturally, by the way. his mother, a dancer who has appeared in videos for britney spears, rihanna and kanye west. we know where he gets it. back to matt, savannah and natalie in beverly hills. >> so cute. so, so cute. >> all right, willie, thanks so much. >>> al is over at the front desk
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